5 Empowering Thoughts That Will Get You Fit

I have good news and bad news. The good news is, you don’t need a super swanky health club membership, a pricey piece of cardio equipment, or even an exoctic bootcamp butt workout to get fit. But that’s also the bad news. Because many of us want so desperately to believe that if we just have the right tools, we can get fit, stay fit and live happily ever after. But the truth is…

The tools you really need are living inside of you.

Health happens from the inside out. Our thoughts dictate our habits, and our habits determine our destiny. Fitness then, is a matter of focus, belief, and our ability to act on that which we think and believe.

So if you’ve made a goal to get fit and so far you have failed, perhaps you should examine your internal dialogue. Here are 5 empowering thoughts that will get you fit.

  1. I make time for what’s important.

So there goes that busyness bullshit we like to toss around. Stop letting “busy” take the blame. Take an honest look at your schedule and if you can’t find an hour or so to devote to fitness daily, you’re not looking hard enough. Having a zen home yoga spot has helped me maintain a successful yoga home practice. So even if I can’t get to the gym, I don’t have to forego my workout. Set yourself up for success. 

  1. I don’t need permission from my feelings.

So this is what you tell yourself when motivation wanes. Because it will, and the last thing you’ll want to do is hop out of bed, lace up your tennis shoes, and get sweaty before the sun rises on a work day. But sometimes we have to do what hurts now for the payoff that comes later. Fit people don’t let feelings dictate.

  1. I make my own destiny.

Yoga and meditation have been integral to my growth. Both practices have allowed me to see the self-defeating nature of my own thoughts. Shifting from negative to positive is no easy task, and it doesn’t happen without effort. The first step is to think about what you’re thinking about.

Thoughts like these are roadblocks to fitness: Obesity is part of my genetic code; I have this knee injury; I’m not flexible enough to do yoga. Focusing on what we lack will only create more lack in our lives. But when we assume responsibility for our circumstances, we realize that change is entirely up to us.

  1. I only compete with yesterday’s version of myself.

As I’ve said so many times before, comparisons can crush us. When we start looking around at what other people are doing, we stop focusing on our own individual strength and abilities. We stop doing what we’re uniquely equipped to do in the ways that we were meant to do them. Have you ever seen someone insanely attractive and fit and said to yourself, That will never be me. It took me a long time to realize that I have my own brand of beauty and I ought to rock it. For some people, verbal assaults are motivating, but I believe in befriending our bodies. Self-loathing is the worst way to travel to your desired destination.

  1. Health happens from the inside out.

So here we’ve arrived at the final point of this post. And if you thought I had my shit together, you were wrong. Every statement I have made so far has been a pep talk for me as well as for you. Because as much as I strive to live a healthy life, I still have those days when a box of chocolate truffles and a spot on the sofa are more persuasive than my other options. So I’m a work in progress. But life is a balance and as long as I continually remind myself that health is as much a mindset as it is a set of physical habits, I’ll be okay. And so will you. 

 
Mantra: Physical fitness is not merely a physical endeavor.


33 Comments
  • Peggy
    August 15, 2016

    Besides a thriving home yoga practice, powerwalking is fantastic. It’s free. Doesn’t require a fancy gym membership. And it’s an awesome weight bearing and low impact physical activity. 🙂

    • Rica Lewis
      August 15, 2016

      Yes! And it’s also a wonderful way to enjoy nature and escape mentally! Thanks for stopping in, Peggy. 🙂

  • Tara Berries
    August 15, 2016

    Great empowering thoughts. It is nice to get out of the negative self-talk into more positive self-talk!

  • Katie
    August 15, 2016

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I’m especially feeling drawn to #4! Such a great reminder!

  • heidi williams
    August 15, 2016

    So good and so true. I have found in my own experience both in going to the gym or doing it at home is that just getting the motivation to do it is challenging. I love it once I am.

    • Rica Lewis
      August 15, 2016

      Yes, motivation is sometimes tough to muster! Thanks for reading and commenting, Heidi!

  • Julie
    August 15, 2016

    I love that these are all things that you wrestle with. There’s no greater motivation thank speaking from the heart. Thanks for a much needed dose of Monday motivation.

  • Sue C
    August 15, 2016

    In January I decided to finally put myself first (something that is difficult to do) and began taking extra care of myself. The first 15 minutes of the day I spend stretching and focusing on good energy. At the end of my workday, I take a 2-mile walk with my mom to release all the stress and work negativity. I may not always be 100% good with my eating, but I am taking the first steps of making a better version of me.

    • Rica Lewis
      August 15, 2016

      Awesome, Sue! You’re doing the right thing!

  • Raymond Baxter
    August 15, 2016

    Love this Rica, thank you 🙂

  • sue
    August 15, 2016

    I love all of these Rica and especially Health happens from the inside out! I’ve pinned and shared. Thank you! Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.

    • Rica Lewis
      August 15, 2016

      Glad you liked it, Sue. Thanks for the shares and pins!

  • Bren Pace
    August 15, 2016

    Hey girl!

    I’m so happy to hear you say “the inside out”. So many people just don’t understand the concept of you need to adjust your mindset first, then you can proceed. I see getting fit like when I quit smoking. I tried many times and failed. I said I was “just practicing”. Then I set a goal that I would quit when my hubs retired from the Air Force. I was able to prepare mentally so I would be able to continue with the physical. My good friend, Dana Gore, who is a Wellness Coach always says we need to get our mind ready first. I believe it!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    B

    • Rica Lewis
      August 15, 2016

      Awesome, Bren! I’m so glad you quit smoking! And I’m also glad you stopped in to say hello. Thanks for your kind words. 😃

  • Laurie
    August 15, 2016

    Rica,

    I always find your words nspiring. Two that resonated with me today are health happens from the inside and we’re allowed our feelings. So true on both. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Allie
    August 15, 2016

    All great thoughts! Sometimes you need a few reminders to keep you going.

  • Roxanne Jones
    August 15, 2016

    Love this–and how you cut through the B.S. to the heart of the matter. Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned and are learning.

    • Rica Lewis
      August 15, 2016

      Thanks for reading, Roxanne! Glad you enjoyed the post 😀

  • Jennifer
    August 15, 2016

    Four is so important to remember, especially in yoga.

  • Rosemond
    August 16, 2016

    You totally nailed it once again! Don’t let feelings dictate. And don’t berate yourself.I so need to remember these tips. And yes, its so nice to know that we are all works in progress doing the best we can each day. Sharing this wisdom!

    • Rica Lewis
      August 16, 2016

      Thanks, Rosemond! Glad to see you once again!

  • courtney
    August 16, 2016

    Yes! Love these thoughts! We are our own worst enemy when it comes to sabotaging our success.

    La Belle Sirene 

  • Michelle
    August 16, 2016

    So true! I battle with all of that. Great thoughts and advice!

  • Dottie Dynamo
    August 21, 2016

    Such a great post! Thank you for writing. I began my fitness journey two years ago and as I continue my journey I still struggle with motivation, time and fully realizing my own brand of beauty.

    • Rica Lewis
      August 22, 2016

      That’s great, Dottie! So glad you enjoyed the post and that you made the awesome decision to journey towards better health. All the best to you!

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